Saturday, July 11, 2009

Vietnam wins award in global architecture competition

The Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction presented the silver award, worth US$200,000, to architects of a low-impact green field university campus July 3.

The architecture university, in the suburb Can Tho City, was designed by Japanese architects Kazuhiro Kojima and Daisuke Sanuki and a Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia.

The design attains harmony among the surrounding area and saving energy through using power from wind, sunlight and water.

It also makes use of locally grown materials, like bamboo and mangrove trees.

The gold award, worth $300,000, was awarded to a “river remediation and urban development scheme” in Fez City, Morocco, to the Moroccan architect Aziza Chaouni.

The Holcim Awards is an international competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The competition celebrates innovative, forward thinking and sustainable construction projects, and visions from around the globe and awards prize money of $2 million every three years.

VNN/SGGP

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